She embraced the wonkiness, acknowledging that she is not an orator like her husband or the current Oval Office holder, but Hillary Clinton can fight. After Katy Perry delivered a ‘Roar,’ Clinton spoke over intermittent protests to deliver a speech that was a liberal laundry list (thanks, Bernie), selective biography, optimistic paean to America and a cut-down of a reckless Republican foe. Who’s ready for the debates?
Here’s what to read to catch up as the two-week convention madness comes to a close.
The premium site lede-all from Aaron Gould Sheinin and Greg Bluestein:
PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton cast herself as the right candidate to lead the country in a “moment of reckoning,” accepting her party’s nomination Thursday to close the Democratic National Convention as she pledged to be a steadfast hand guiding the nation at a fretful time.
Forcefully seeking to redefine her image to a national audience, Clinton presented herself as a job creator who will “empower all Americans to live better lives” and a commander in chief who will protect them from threats at home and abroad.
“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against,” she said. “But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.”
Bluestein: In Atlanta, mothers and daughters celebrate Clinton speech.
Dan Chapman: A Muslim American challenges Trump.
Sheinin: Retired military leaders give full-throated Clinton endorsement.
Jim Galloway: Relatives of slain police officers recognized in Philadelphia.
Sheinin: Here’s what Georgia’s Democrats wanted to hear from Hillary.
Chapman: The fight for the $15 minimum wage hits the convention floor.
Devoting much of the night to a flag-wrapped ode to the military and police, Clinton made an unsubtle play for uneasy Republicans. (Politico)
The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro writes that Hillary, after all these years and scars, has given up on earning the electorate’s trust in a traditional sense. Now it’s about competence and preparedness.
Buzzfeed delves into the existential crisis of moderate Democrats at the DNC, amid the party’s left turn.
Slate describes Hillary’s speech as “workmanlike.”
National Review says it was a rehash that will not change hard-boiled perceptions.
Don’t forget about the GOP
This Trump-Russia thing has legs. Here’s Politico Magazine’s Michael Crowley with a great read on a Palm Beach real estate flip Trump pulled off to make millions from a Russian oligarch.
Sleep. And polls! August is typically vacation time for presidential campaigns — and America — but this election has not exactly been typical. Nate Silver has your talker on how the next few weeks, polling wise, will tell us the true shape of the race.